Alex Welch (6-foot-5, 225-pounds) has made a number of visits watch his future teammates this season, and nearly every game that he's witnessed has come down to the end.
"Obviously it wasn't that great of a performance, but they got the win," Welch said of Notre Dame's 20-16 win over Boston College. "They found a way to win in the fourth quarter which is good. Overall it was a good win to beat Boston College, after they've beaten us six times in a row."
Welch was in town on his official visit; he had a few new experiences, but overall he was in familiar territory.
"The visit went really good," Alex explained. "I enjoyed it all. It was impressive. Friday night we went out to dinner with a few of the players. It was my first time meeting Chris Watt and another freshman offensive lineman, Zach Martin.
"I sat down with coach Weis first thing Saturday morning. We talked about their gameplan for Boston College, and he asked me if I had any new questions (about Notre Dame). I've been up there so much that I didn't think there was anything, so we were just joking around. I talked to him for a while and that went pretty good.
"After that I went over to the Gug and sat down with coach Parmalee," he said. "He talked to me, my mom and dad for a while. I've talked to him before, but this was the first time for my parents. We talked about the way he coaches and then we watched film for a little bit. We talked about the different drills and the ways that I could get involved in the offense.
"After that we went over to ‘the walk' and then went onto the field before the game. We were down there for a pretty good while before the game started."
Welch has 28 receptions for 402 yards and five touchdowns through eight games. Elder is 6-2 heading into their last regular season game Friday night, before starting playoff action the following week.
Welch in familiar territory at ND
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